CBD Extractions: Which Type is Best?
- by Lourdes Staff
There are several different ways to extract CBD from the cannabis plant, each with its own unique benefits and drawbacks. CO2 and ethanol, cold pressed food grade ethanol, decarboxylation and extraction through oil are the options for extracting CBD. Below is a discussion of what each is and which extraction process is best.
One of the most common ways to extract CBD is through the use of solvents, such as ethanol or CO2. This method involves soaking the cannabis plant in the solvent, which dissolves the CBD and other compounds. The solvent is then evaporated, leaving behind a concentrated extract that contains high levels of CBD. This method is effective at extracting large amounts of CBD and produces a relatively pure product. However, it can also be dangerous if not done properly, as the solvents used are highly flammable.
One variation of solvent extraction is cold pressed ethanol extraction. This method involves using food grade ethanol that has been chilled to a low temperature, which reduces the risk of fire and produces a more pure product. The cold temperature also preserves the natural compounds in the cannabis plant, resulting in a more potent and flavorful extract. This method is considered safer and more effective than traditional solvent extraction, but it can be more expensive and time-consuming. This is the method we at Lourdes use.
Another method for extracting CBD is the use of heat and pressure, known as decarboxylation. This method involves heating the cannabis plant to a high temperature, which activates the CBD and other compounds. The heat also breaks down the plant material, making it easier to extract the CBD. This method is less efficient than solvent extraction and produces a lower yield of CBD.
A third way to extract CBD is through the use of oils, such as olive or coconut oil. This method involves mixing the cannabis plant with the oil and heating it for a period of time. The CBD and other compounds dissolve into the oil, which can then be separated from the plant material. This method is simple and easy to do at home, but it produces a low yield of CBD and the resulting product is not as pure as other methods.
So, which type of CBD extraction is the best? The answer ultimately depends on your specific needs and preferences. Solvent extraction is the most efficient and produces a pure product, but it can be dangerous if not done properly. Cold pressed ethanol extraction is a safer and more effective variation of solvent extraction, but it can be more expensive and time-consuming. Decarboxylation is a safer option, but it is less efficient and produces a lower yield of CBD. Using oils is a simple and easy way to extract CBD, but it produces a lower quality product. Ultimately, the best type of CBD extraction will depend on your individual needs and goals. If the goal is the most pure oil and safest extraction process, although more expensive, cold pressed ethanol extraction producing the best product.